DONCASTER Knights and Rotherham Titans will go into battle at Castle Park tomorrow (2.30) knowing that defeat would leave them badly wounded in their efforts to reach the Championship Promotion Play-Offs semi-finals.
Both sides suffered defeats in their opening Pool B games last weekend - Knights losing narrowly at Cornish Pirates and Titans being hammered by visiting Bedford at Clifton Lane.
“I was surprised to see them get beaten by that score because Clifton Lane is always a hard place to go to get a result, “ said Knights back-rower and former Rotherham favourite Neil Cochrane “It’s a bit of a fortress and we lost there in the league.
“We’ve beaten Rotherham twice at Castle Park this season (league and B & 1 Cup) and that will give us a psychological advantage. We know it is going to be a difficult game tomorrow.
“But it is a challenge that we are relishing. We’ve got a game-plan and we are confident going into the game. Team spirit has been very good this season and there is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm within the camp.
“We know that on our day that we can beat anybody in this league if we are on the top of our game and we get our discipline right.
“Our discipline has let us down at times and has cost us games and with Rotherham having an excellent kicker discipline will be key tomorrow. We are aware that it is almost like a one-off game; it’s like a cup game and as such it will probably be a bit more tense than the two league games
“But we’ve played more of an expansive game this season and we’ve got the players to do so. We’ve got a brilliant back-line with a lot of pace in it so it makes sense to play that way whenever we can.
“Having played Rotherham three times this season we know what they are about so we have just concentrated on ourselves, and not really worried about Rotherham in the build-up.
“The win is the most important thing, but we’d also like to pick up a bonus point. We believe we can win enough of our five remaining pool games, be they home or away, to make the semi-finals.
“Home advantage at times is vital but we felt that Pirates were there for the taking in the last ten minutes and had we played another ten minutes I’m confident we would have beaten them.”